Octopus’s Garden ʻUkulele Chords By The Beatles

One of my favorite Ringo moments during the Beatlesʻ career is Octopus’s Garden from Abbey Road. Here’s how to play the ʻukulele chords to this great beginner song.

Octopus’s Garden is a completely charming tune. Pair it with an ʻukulele and you have a winning combination.

The song follows a steady chord progression for more than half the time. It’s just C Am F and G. You can practice it outside of the song to really get comfortable with it.

The second half of the verse skips to the Am F G before you return to the normal progression. However, the last F to G of the verse takes half the time as usual.

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C             Am 
I'd like to be under the sea
     F                        G       
In an Octopus's Garden in the shade
C             Am 
He'd let us in knows where we've been
      F                        G
In his Octopus's Garden in the shade
Am
I'd ask my friends to come and see     
F              G
An Octopus's Garden with me
C             Am  
I'd like to be under the sea
      F           G             C
In an Octopus's Garden in the shade

C               Am 
We would be warm below the storm
       F                           G
In our little hideaway beneath the waves
C               Am 
Resting our head on the sea bed
      F                       G
In an Octopus's Garden near a cave
Am
We would sing and dance around
F                  G
Because we know we can't be found
C             Am
I'd like to be under the sea
      F          G             C
In an Octopus's Garden in the shade

C             Am 
We would shout and swim about
   F                            G
The coral that lies beneath the waves
C               Am
Oh, what joy for every girl and boy
F                                 G
Knowing they're happy and they're safe
Am
We would be so happy, you and me
F                               G
No one there to tell us what to do
C              Am
I'd like to be under the sea
F               G           Am
In an Octopus's Garden with you
F               G           Am
In an Octopus's Garden with you
F               G           C      G/  C/
In an Octopus's Garden with you

By Brad Bordessa

I’m an ‘ukulele artist from Honoka’a, Hawai’i, where I run this site from a little plantation house in the jungle. I’ve taught workshops internationally, made Herb Ohta Jr. laugh until he cried, and once borrowed a uke to jam with HAPA onstage in my boardshorts. More about me

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